APM qualifications

The range of qualifications developed by APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, offers a progressive structure for your career development, incorporating a mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills. 

APM has updated the names of its qualification suite: Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is now called APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ). 

APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification has changed to APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

The new names will provide candidates and employers with a coherent progressive career path, from the ‘fundamentals’ through to ‘management’ and ‘professional’ levels of understanding. The core value of our qualifications: the assessment criteria, learning outcomes and training models will stay the same. You can find out more about the changes to the names and what it means in this press release.

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

PFQ is an introductory qualification that offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology, offering a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. 

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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

PMQ is a knowledge-based qualification that allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management.

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APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

PPQ is a new, developmental examination-based qualification that assesses your capability in delivering projects, programmes and portfolios.

APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ)

The Practitioner Qualification (PQ) developed by APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, is an assessment-based qualification for relatively experienced professionals (project management practitioners) who can demonstrate an ability to manage a non-complex project.

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APM Project Risk Management Single Subject Certificate

The APM Project Risk Management Single Subject Certificate is a qualification which has two levels. It is designed to build on the knowledge gained in the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or similar project management qualifications.

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APM Level A and B qualifications

APM Level A: Certified Projects Director (APM Level A) and APM Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager (APM Level B) are IPMA's highest internationally recognised qualifications in project, programme and portfolio management. 

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Benefits of choosing APM qualifications:


Incorporating a mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills, qualifications developed by APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, offer a progressive structure that demonstrates your project management achievements.

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Qualifications developed by APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, demonstrate to your employer, clients and suppliers that you are a skilled and committed project professional. Through their alignment with IPMA’s 4-level Certification Programme they are also recognised throughout the world.

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APM qualifications are developed through the APM Body of Knowledge, using well-established project management knowledge and definitions. 

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APM membership

Qualifications offer routes membership of APM, the Chartered body for the project profession. Automatic eligibility for Full Membership is available to those obtaining the APM Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C), and discounted membership for those taking the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification and PMQ. 

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Earned Value Management Certification

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a project control process based on a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement. It facilitates the integration of project scope, time and cost objectives and the establishment of a baseline plan for performance measurement.

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Project Planning & Control™

The Project Planning & Control™ qualification scheme supports the publication of the Association for Project Management (APM) guide, ‘Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control – The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk.’ The book is the APM’s first comprehensive set of guidance and best practice for project planning and control and is applicable across all industries and sectors.

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